Expressing instructions and general statements with the impersonal se = one

In Spanish we use the impersonal pronoun se as "one" in order to explain general statements. The verb is conjugated in the 3rd person singular.

Have a look at these examples:

Se vive bien en Mérida.
One lives well in Merida.

Se come bien en la playa.
One eats well at the beach.

Se duerme mejor con la conciencia tranquila.
One sleeps better with a clear conscience.

Se está a gusto aqui.
One is comfortable here.

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Se está a gusto aqui.
One is comfortable here.


Se duerme mejor con la conciencia tranquila.
One sleeps better with a clear conscience.


Se come bien en la playa.
One eats well at the beach.


Se vive bien en Mérida.
One lives well in Merida.


Q&A

Gail

Kwiziq community member

25 October 2017

1 reply

Should the lesson say se comes before 3rd person singular and plural verbs?

The lesson says that when using se the verb is conjugated in the 3rd person singular, yet in the quiz, the verb bailar was conjugated as bailan. Does this mean the lesson should say 3rd person singular and plural?

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

20 November 2017

20/11/17

Dear Gail, thanks a lot for your question and sorry about our delay. The lesson above is about using the impersonal "se" + a verb in the 3rd person singular. However, if the verb is conjugated in the 3rd person plural, we are dealing not with an impersonal sentence, but with a passive sentence instead. Therefore, in the quiz you can find "se" followed by the 3rd person singular or plural depending on the context. I hope this explanation makes more sense to you and do not hesitate to contact us again if you need further help.

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